Dec 1, 2009, 12:45 AM
Post #561 of 709
I'm spending far too much time on mine as well. I'm submitting two pieces--one a short story, the other a novel excerpt. I feel absolutely 'done' with the former. I sent it to 3 friends who gave some minor feedback and I made some small changes as per their suggestions. However, I feel that the ending is solid and I've tied up all the loose ends... also, I like the title. It always aggravates me if I don't find a suitable title.
With that said, the novel excerpt is taking over my life. I've been switching everything around and rewriting the scenes so they fit in this new order after deliberating what would be the most 'complete' 20-30 pgs to send and flipping around chapters to achieve this. I've also workshopped this piece numerous times, but my work is rather 'different' (not avant-garde/experimental, but premise-wise) and unfortunately I find that the people in my class are so consumed by this that they disregard many of the glaring flaws.
But really, I don't even consider this sort of revising 'perfectionism.' It's just not complete, and I would be embarrassed if I sent it in as-is. I'm working on refining dialogue, stripping out mundane passages, and fact-checking to make sure all my references are correct.
It's a good thing I'm pressure-prompted. I'm giving myself until December 7th.
"Every spectator is a coward or a traitor."
(This post was edited by Zuleika Dobson on Dec 1, 2009, 12:47 AM)